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Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Start of a Beautiful New Year!

It was so hard staying away from blogland for my break!! I kept straying over to the computer and then having to tell myself ...no... go back to the studio or..... go start getting out the cookie ingredients for when the kids wake up. LOL!! I missed you all terribly, but I had fantastic Christmas and New Years with my family and got spend some real quality time with my little ones.

I have so much to share! But today, lets start with some mail goodies. The sweet and lovely Gracie at Gracie Bella Buttefly held a giveaway and I won some of her fantastic cards! Look at how prettily they were wrapped! So pretty I felt bad about opening them :)And here are the beautiful notecards inside that pretty wrapping - complete with little envelopes and matching stickers! Sooo cute! She is such a talented paper artist and I can't wait to use these!! Thank you Gracie!!
I also had the incredible good fortune to win the holiday blog giveaway at ARTful Paper Dreams! I was a new reader of Jen's lovely blog and was just overjoyed to win some of her lovely creations. The level of detail and meticulous construction on her tags is amazing! So hard to use them on someone else's packages! :)
This one is long overdue being posted. I received these pretty pink earrings from Roxi a few months ago. I just started wearing them right away and forgot to take a photo ... but I saved her stunning earring card (handmade from start to finish and perfectly complimenting the earrings) and have reunited the earrings and card for this shot. They are beautiful Roxi!!


And now .. to start the new year, two gifts for you! I have eclectic tastes so these are a bit non-traditional, but maybe that will be good since they will be a little different! First, a gift of beauty. This new retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" with watercolors by Angela Barrett is worth a look for the beautiful, ethereal pictures alone. The occasional two page spreads are breathtakingly gorgeous!
And second, a gift of mystery. If you've ever seen the movie "Lost in Translation" and wondered what Bill Murray whispers to Scarlett in that final scene ... here it is revealed! Personally, I had a hard time making it out even after the tinkering, but what he says does make perfect sense. If you haven't seen the movie, it's very good and I highly recommend it.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and that 2008 is off to a great start for you!!!

17 comments:

NeereAnDear said...

HEY YOU.... go back for the second chance giveaway and enter again if you want to...

Love all your goodies... how neat are they?

HUGS

JO

NeereAnDear said...

Hey you.... arent you sweet to want to let others have a chance at it ... but its a SECOND CHANCE giveaway so that includes you too...

I added the other pics a day or so later because I wanted to make sure there was enough different items for everyone to choose from as some have different tastes...

HUGS TO YOU

JO

Gracie said...

Hey Heather!

Aww thanks for the blog post. I am going to post about your little package with a few other things soon!

The other giveaway you won is amazing!

That Beauty and the Beast book looks beautiful. I will have to check it out.

And I've seen bits of Lost in Translation. Thanks for posting that. xox

Alison Gibbs said...

What gorgeous notecards you got from Gracie and Jens creations are delightful. Love the pink earrings from Roxi. Lucky you.
Alison

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Heather, welcome back! A great 2008 for all of us :) Such gorgeous things from these talented ladies! It is hard sometimes to open up exquisitely wrapped gifts, even though you can't wait to see what's inside!! Going to have to see this movie, loved Lost In Translation!! At first wasn't sure if we did like it or not, lol, it was kinda so very strange! After it finished thought wow, great movie!! Hope you have a great week :) Jenn and Jacqui

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Heather, us again! Now that we have watched the movie clip, makes perfect sense! Thank you for finding and posting this link! Isn't Scarlett great in it, perfect casting :) Ciao for now! Jenn and Jacqui

bluemuf said...

What beautiful treasure you won. Thank you for the information about the new book and the movie.

Karen

She'sSewPretty said...

What pretty presents! Lucky you!
I haven't seen that movie yet but my oldest son told me it was wonderful. Now I'll have to put it on my MetFlix.

Ribbon Wand Maker said...

Those little packages are divine!

Mary Timme said...

Yea! Happy, happy. I did a week of sensory Depravation once! Wow, was it hard and I still watched one news program a day, just so I'd know what the weather was supposed to do, I told myself. It is difficult to go without for a certain time. You made it and are having a happy time now! Yea!

Sherry said...

I'm so glad you had a good Christmas and are enjoying the start of the new year!!

You are one LUCKY girl...so many goodies all of them fabulous!!!!

Lori said...

Hi Heather!!! i hope you are having a wonderful new year:) i love all the wonderful goodies you got in the mail...that book looks just lovely!!!

all about Pretty! said...

Hi Heather, thanks for the welcome to blogland and for popping by all about Pretty! Happy New Year & God bless, Laura

Roxi said...

I'm so happy you like the earrings!

Take care,
Roxi

Jen ~ ARTful Dreamer said...

I'm so thrilled you enjoyed your tags and cupcake Heather. And you won such beautiful goodies elsewhere - what a grand way to end 2007! Best wishes for a fantastic 2008!!! Jen

Christine said...

They are all so beautiful! I love the card packaging (too pretty to open!) and the tags! I can understand not wanting to use them on someone else.

~*~ Patty said...

Your blog is really lovely in so many ways. Finally, I know what the end of the movie was! Your birds nests are just amazing! Thank you for stopping by my Magpie's Nest and leaving your nice comment! My husband found that the silverplate forks bent best with a rounded plier, heating the thines broke a couple off. He thinks that torching stainless steel would be the way to bend those forks. It's SO much fun, I'm on to spoons now!